Going out in Vienna
Spike Art Daily has contacted fifteen artists and asked them about their favourite spots in Vienna. Here is what they told us.
"Since we're, communally, a little too fed up with nightlife, this is about coffee. In the daytime we go drink our coffee at this very nice little place called Akrap Coffee where the friendly owner greets you from behind the coffee machine. And then the perfect coffee, made with beans from their own roastery. It tastes so good. With no fuss. All of it so untypical of Vienna, and I guess that is why we like it so much. Highly recommended."
– Catharina Wronn and Josefin Granqvist, artists, Vienna
"Not much to tell about it. Small, very Viennese, interesting histories, nice food by guy named Bernhard Chung. Good place for dinner which could continue with more drinks."
– Liudvikas Buklys, artist, Vilnius
"It's where I ate my first schnitzel in Vienna and the only place I am sure to bump into someone I know, even though I only know five people or so in the city."
– Lisa Oppenheim, artist, New York City
Cafeteria in the National Library
"In a city already well-catered to »loners«, the National Library cafeteria Soho virtually exalts them. Eating alongside bookworms amongst the ever amazing decor. Thursday is schnitzel-day."
– Ariane Müller, artist, Berlin
Linke Wienzeile 40
"Most ‘Japanese‘ restaurants in Vienna are terrible, so Kuishimbo on the Linke Wienzeile by Kettenbrückengasse station is pretty special. It's a simple, tiny, inexpensive udon shop, just as it should be, serving unpretentious, perfect Japanese food. The udon is great but my favorite is the oyakodon with a black seaweed salad on the side."
– Martyn Reynolds, artist, Vienna
VICTUS UND MILI
"At Victus & Mili you can come visit me at work and get an al banco espresso for one euro, or eat fantastic food, or get drunk at the bar and watch the chefs in the kitchen."
– Noële Ody, artist, Vienna
"Wratschko is a quaint and cozy pub with very fine cuisine. Highly recommended are the rissoles as well as the vegetarian dishes."
– Thomas Geiger, artist, Wien
Fischhof 3, 1010 Vienna
"The perfect place to start a night out. Eat little, drink a lot. Best time is on Saturday nights when there is live Russian music and a dancefloor."
– Alex Ruthner, artist, Vienna
"3rd district's secret, the small bar Malipop, where the owner is always there bar-tending herself; playing her vast collection of obscure, unheard-of vinyls. Don't expect a smile, don't laugh too loud - you might just be told to quiet down so the owner can listen to her music. No pretensions of a service-economy where the customer is always right. We are all right, staff included. Love it."
– Janus Høm, artist, Copenhagen
"Decent food and a marvellous view. Perfect for watching the sunset and drinking prosecco on hot summer evenings."
– Christian Falsnaes, artist, Berlin
"For a restaurant that offers both Austrian and French food I would recommend restaurant Stomach in the ninth district. It has a very relaxed and friendly atmosphere and a large black cat lives there too – who is also very friendly."
– Diana Baldon & Søren Eengsted, Kuratorin & Künstler, Malmö
Kärntner Durchgang 10
"It is for the intimate atmosphere made of perfect selection of marbles, the mirror illusion making more space, well proportioned bar and furniture to sit and have a perfect whiskey-drink while looking into the painted portrait of Peter Altenberg. The place is so small and good that it is okay to go and drink alone..."
– Marius Engh, artist, Berlin
"I was at Loos Bar many times, and it's one of my favourites. Always amusing. Especially the generously-staffed, all-male crew who never fail to deliver a top class culinary experience."
– Carina Brandes, artist, Leipzig
"Small and really quiet, wonderful for thinking."
"Great in summer because the huge old sliding windows are all open."
"Because afterwards one can take a long stroll through the Prater park."
– Lisa Holzer, artist, Berlin